- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Hardcover: 1750 pages
- Publisher: Library of America (August 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159853162X
- ISBN-13: 978-1598531626
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,013 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Little House Books (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – Box set, August 30, 2012
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About the Author
Caroline Fraser, editor, is the author most recently of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. She has written for The New Yorker, where she was formerly on the editorial staff, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, Allure, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among other publications. Her essays and reviews also appear in The New York Review of Books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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I purchased this set new, through AMAZON PRIME; and for the money, it is well worth it. All nine books in beautifully colored covers. One day, it would be nice to see the books printed on quality paper; but the price would definitely go up. All things considered, I am happy with the purchase.
There is another box set, October 2004, which has full color illustrations, but is only a set of the first 5 books. I do not know what kind of paper the stories are printed on, but it is manufactured in China.
Hope this helps some of you who are trying to decide which set to buy.
There are many other sets out there, but this was the best price that I could find for the complete set. What a bargain for the joys my daughter and I have had reading them together!
I am actually purchasing this set again, to keep for myself, so I have a beautiful fresh set of books for my collection.
This is a classic, largely autobiographical historic series that takes you through one family's personal story of western migration in the US in the 1800s. Two little girls, their baby sister, the dog Jack, and Ma and Pa in a covered wagon. There was a prime-time television version in the 1970s and 80s, but you're better off reading the books first to absorb more of the detail and the struggles and the reality of their lives. The TV show glosses over some of what made the books so fascinating, which was the endless ingenuity (and grind) of homesteading -- primarily dealing with a world where there are no grocery stores, no electricity or telephones, limited technology. Creating shelter from resources available in the wilderness, and food preparation - planning, seed saving, farming, canning, preserving, smoking, etc... is a major and primary task. The controversy of pushing out Native Americans is also paramount in the stories and a good talking point about fairness, equality, manifest destiny, sustainability...
Hard to imagine surviving like this today, but there are many "preppers" in our society who believe this time will come again, and many in the sustainable movement now who feel that these traditional ways were healthier for body and spirit! The bravery of the early settlers is mindblowing. Get inspired and re-read these classics with your kids... and then go camping!